| Dec 10, 2009
| 8:00 AM
Smithfield Foods Inc. today reported a second-quarter loss of $26.4 million, or 17 cents per share, compared with a year-earlier profit of $1.7 million, or 1 cent a share.
Continued sharp losses in the company's hog production business — Smithfield...
| Aug 7, 2009
| 1:21 PM
The town's ham history dates to the American Indians, who were credited for originating the salt- and hardwood-smoked dry-cured Smithfield ham.
Today, Smithfield is the home of Smithfield Foods, a Fortune 500 company.
To commemorate its ham heritage,...
| Jan 13, 2010
| 7:19 PM
— Oyster trader Joe Melzer Jr. gets regular visits from the state Department of Health. His business, Pagan River Dockside Seafood Inc., is rarely tagged for a violation.
Not so on a recent December morning. An inspector issued a citation after...
| Mar 2, 2010
| 7:44 PM
Two credit cards, a Web site and a single product may not seem like the most promising way to start a business.
But when retired Navy chaplain Don Harris and his eldest son, Tim, began selling imported serrano ham via the Internet in late 1996, they...